Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence Doubled to 13 Years

Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence Doubled to 13 Years

A South African court on Friday (November 24) increased paralympian Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to 13 years and five months.

He killed Reeva on Valentine's Day in 2013 after shooting four shots through a bathroom door.

The prosecutors appealed again, claiming the six-year sentence was "shockingly low".

When seeking an appeal earlier this month state prosecutors argued that the six-year sentence handed to Paralympic gold medallist was "shockingly lenient". He was originally sentenced for culpable homicide, then replaced with murder in 2016.

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Pistorius, a double amputee whose legs were amputated at the age of one because of a congenital defect, rose to prominence as a Olympic sprinter competing against able-bodied athletes.

"They feel there has been justice for Reeva". An appeals court changed that verdict to murder in December 2015, according to the BBC.

The accused's brother Carl Pistorius tweeted he was "shattered, heartbroken, gutted" by the ruling. There is no death penalty in South Africa.

The judge described Pistorius as a "fallen hero" who will never be at peace and sentenced him to six years in prison.

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The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice".

"I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment", legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel.

Technically, Pistorius should be eligible for parole after serving half of his jail term.

Oscar Pistorius reacts in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Investigators nearly immediately presented a different version of events, as neighbors heard a loud quarrel in Pistorius' house and called the police two hours before the tragedy.

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Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court past year to challenge his murder conviction.

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